City council working to make city streets safer
The Eudora City Council is taking action to make the city's streets safer after hearing complaints from residents.
Ann Pearson appeared before the council Monday requesting the city lower the speed limit on 13th Street between Bluestem and Tallgrass roads. Pearson said the 30 mph speed limit was unsafe for children who play and walk to school in that area.
"The speed limit is being followed, but at that speed, it's unsafe," she said. "We have 16 kids in that area. Before someone gets hurt, hit or killed, I want something done."
Pearson brought a petition she said had been signed by all but two residents from the neighborhood. She said any speed reduction in the area would help alleviate the problem.
"Even if we could get it lowered to 25 mph, I would greatly appreciate it," Pearson said.
Council member Rex Burkhardt shared her concern. He made a motion for City Attorney Jerry Cooley to write an ordinance changing the speed limit to 20 mph in the 13th Street area. Blackburn seconded and the motion passed unanimously. The ordinance is expected to come before the council for a final vote at the March 12 meeting.
Eudora Post Office worker Kathleen Brown also came before the council with traffic concerns. Brown said people making U-turns to park in front of the post office on Main Street have caused a few accidents and close calls.
"I have seen numerous times that an accident has happened or was about to happen," Brown said. "What can we do?"
Council member Pat Dardis supported Brown and said something needed to be done to fix the problem.
"I agree with Kathleen. It's very dangerous," he said.
Mayor Fred Stewart said he was unsure about passing any laws against U-turns in the street, because Main Street is also part of a Douglas County road and falls under its jurisdiction.
Cooley said signs could be posted at the end of each block discouraging U-turns. The attorney said he would check to determine if there would be any problems with county jurisdiction.
In other action, the council:
agreed to donate $500 to the Eudora High School prom committee.
approved a motion to hold a public hearing on a new sewer interceptor line.
agreed to sign a deed for property donated to Habitat for Humanity to the Lawrencebased group for its Eudora Habitat project.
approved final revisions of the employee handbook.
approved payment of a $300 membership fee to the K-10 Smart Corridor Association.